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Coronado Women’s Day Of Wellness

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 10:28 am

Longtime Coronado Residents have had the joy of watching the ever-expanding facilities and programs at Sharp Coronado Hospital. From a small community hospital, it has grown to a prized jewel concerned with not only curing the ill but improving life for the healthy through focusing on prevention and overall quality of life. New residents, as well as those using other health programs, may not realize the options, often free, to everyone.

The recent Women’s Day of Wellness was an open house to acquaint women with what is available in the hospital’s physical plant, in programs to improve health, and in opportunities to give back through volunteering. Areas such as the Payne Family Outpatient Pavilion and the Sewall Healthy Living Center were open for tours with explanations of what they offer. Executive Chef Megan Bowen gave a cooking demonstration in the cafeteria that included information on what the cafeteria provided to the public. Helpful services for those who travel filled an informative talk from the Safe Travelers’ Enrollment Program spokesperson, Jacquie Schwoerke, and the pharmacist, Tejal Bhikha. Not only informative, the day was entertaining and interesting.

“In the Pink,” the monthly newsletter of Sharp Coronado Hospital Auxiliary, states, “Sharp Healthcare is known as an organization of people working together to do the right thing every day to improve the health and well being of those we serve. The goal is that Sharp will become the best health care system in the universe, and volunteers are helping to achieve it.” With more than 130 volunteers, the Hospital Auxiliary strives to “give back with your time and talents” by “baking for the patients, greeting in the lobby, working in the gift shop or Second Best Thrift Shop.”

The Payne Family Outpatient Pavilion provides a comfortable waiting area for family and friends; four private pre-op rooms, each with a private restroom; four post-op rooms that have outside, private views; an additional endoscopy suite; two new operating rooms with the capability to live stream surgeries, which allows international teaching; and a Women’s Imaging and Services Suite.

Sewall Healthy Living Center, a “Place Designed for Fitness, Relaxation, and Renewal,” is touted as a spa-like destination where they customize your visits. With their expansive schedule of classes and programs, viewing the schedule on their web site is the best option. The fitness center lists sixteen choices, including both group classes and one-on-one coaching with a certified personal trainer. The group classes range from gentle fitness to boot camp with cardiovascular and weight equipment. Yoga, massage, acupuncture, and outpatient rehabilitation are other services offered.

Cooking with Executive Chef Megan Bowen was a delightful class where the Bown talked about the organic vegetables grown in Sharp’s garden and used in the Mindful Cafe menus. Organic meats are, also, included daily in the cafeteria. Volunteers passed out recipes for Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffle as she explained how to mix the ingredients and roll the dough into small balls. After tasting the sample, many in the audience commented that they would definitely make the recipe.

Many Coronadans travel around the world, so the workshop entitled Safe Travelers’ Enrollment Program filled with interested participants who listened attentively, took notes, and asked questions. The program offers free services to help people get to where they need or want to go with the goal to travel with peace of mind. Not limited to Sharp patients, the plan can help solve larger issues while traveling, such as helping to coordinate emergency medical evacuation. Health tips for international travel, such as “pay attention to surroundings, not your phone” may seem obvious, but tourists can become distracted. Walking while scanning your screen makes you an easy target for thieves or tripping. Pack Your Common Sense included reminders to take copies of passport, health record, prescriptions, contact person, immunizations, insurance policies, and other important numbers.

The Safe Travelers’ Enrollment Program can be a valuable resource for students studying abroad. This free service provides information before they leave and a helping hand while in a strange country. For more information or to register for the next workshop, view the web site or call 1-800-827-4277.

The travelers’ workshop ended with Tejal Bhikha, the Sharp pharmacist, whose focus was on prevention. Besides cautioning travelers to be aware of immunizations and possible health hazards for their destination, she instructed travelers to take insect repellent and apply it only to exposed skin, never under clothing. When using both repellent and sun screen, apply sun screen first. Bhikha reminded the audience that Coronado Sharp’s full service community pharmacy offers free blood pressure screenings, free delivery throughout Coronado, including the Cays, immunizations, medical equipment rental and sales, and travel clinic pharmacist consultation services. In addition, the pharmacy offers a safe medication disposal kiosk for prescription medications, OTC medications, and liquid medication bottles.

While only one person, Schwoerke, verbally expressed, “This isn’t just a job; this is more. I love what we do,” everyone associated with Sharp, employees and volunteers, seemed to own the same words. The Women’s Wellness Day was an enjoyable, useful morning. If you missed it, call for a tour of the facilities.

Sharp Coronado Hospital is located at 250 Prospect Place, 619-522-3600.

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